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Our History


St. Nicholas School has been educating students in kindergarten through eighth grade for 70-years, and has a long, rich history in the community as well as the Catholic Church.


Today, St. Nicholas School is renowned for our commitment to provide the most relevant, well-rounded educational experience available. Maintaining this high standard takes the collaboration of administrators, faculty, parents and the community, all working to ensure each student has the academic and spiritual foundation necessary to pursue his or her dreams. And, as we work toward this goal of preparing our students for the future, we are ever mindful of our heritage that is so deeply rooted in the Catholic tradition.


St. Nicholas School is a part of the Diocese of San Jose School System.  The Diocese of San Jose is the second largest school system in Santa Clara County.  Under the direction of Superintendent, Jennifer Beltramo, there are fourteen (14) preschools, twenty-eight (28) Kindergarten – 8th grade elementary schools and six (6) high schools, spanning from Gilroy to Palo Alto.  Our schools educate over 14,000 students and employ more than 1,500 of Silicon Valley’s top educators and administrators.


Catholic Education and schools within the Diocese of San Jose are built on four pillars, Faith, Knowledge, Leadership and Community.  These values set us apart from public schools and private schools alike.  Diocese of San Jose schools follow the same state standards as California public schools and in addition, elementary and high schools are accredited by WCEA (Western Catholic Educational Association).

In the 1800s, Franciscan Friars settled on the La Purissima Conception land grant.  St. Nicholas Church was built and blessed on Lincoln Avenue in 1942, and in 1953 St. Nicholas School was established at Rosita and Campbell Avenues.  As the Catholic community grew, so did the demand for a Catholic education. In 1961 a new school was built at our current location on El Monte Road and celebrated our first graduating class in 1967.


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